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A carnival hosted at Fallbrook High School two weeks ago degenerated into a brawl which then escalated into a stabbing, according to testimony in court today.

A man identified as “Jose” told investigators that he didn’t like the “stare” of another man, after 9 p.m. Saturday night, June 2, at the school’s fundraiser. A challenge was made and the men began to fight in the school’s parking lot, Jose told Sheriff’s Deputy James Cady. When Jose straddled the unconscious man on the ground and continued to pummel him, one of the many onlookers yelled out, “My homeboy! My homeboy!” and stabbed Jose, according to the alleged victim’s version of events.

Jose was in hospital two days, suffering a fractured rib and a partially collapsed lung and possible kidney damage. He was able to identify his stabber as 18-year-old Juan Carlos Lopez, according to deputies.

Prosecutor Cal Logan alleged that Juan Carlos Lopez is a member of the Vario Fallbrook Locos and his gang moniker is “Nervous.”

Judge Richard Mills ordered Lopez to face multiple felony counts for assault and battery with a deadly weapon, plus gang allegations. The judge dismissed charges against two other young men who were arrested the same night, the judge finding an insufficiency of evidence.

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Visduh June 19, 2012 @ 4:59 p.m.

It would be impossible to make this stuff up if you were writing fiction.


Eva Knott June 19, 2012 @ 5:41 p.m.

It does seem there is an unlimited supply of outrageous in the courthouse. Fondly, Eva Knott


Eva Knott July 20, 2012 @ 9:35 a.m.

Juan Carlos Lopez pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon and causing great bodily injury and committing that offense to assist gang. The plea deal was signed this week, on July 17 2012, and paperwork states the offender expects 365 days custody, with a 4 year sentence hanging over his head if he should re-offend while out on probation later. Two other felonies related to the assault were dropped in the deal. Deputy District Attorney Cal Logan prosecuted. Posted by Eva Knott, photo by Bob Weatherston.


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